Christ My Song - 988
Oh! if I walked by sight, not faith - Light and Darkness
(Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Light and Darkness.
"The Lord God is sun and shield." (Psalm 84,11)
1. Oh! if I walked by sight, not faith,
and could not view the things unseen,
dreary, today, would be my path,
while round me wintry winds blow keen.
2. The driving sleet, the darkened air,
look bleak and mournful to behold,
while this poor frame, though fenced with care,
aches with the penetrating cold.
3. The glorious sun, whose gladdening beams
make e'en the face of winter smile,
now distant and unwarming seems,
nature looks cheerless for a while.
4. Heavenward I turn, and then on me
shines forth a warm, unclouded ray;
Sun of my soul! 'tis shed by thee,
I feel no more the wintry day.
5. Amidst th' external gloom thy voice
speaks words of comfort to my heart;
though weak, though lonely, I rejoice,
such gladness does that voice impart.
6. It tells me of those mansions blessed
where thou a place hast deigned prepare –
where soon my soul shall sweetly rest –
where winter never chills the air.
7. It tells me of that blissful state
where there shall be no pain, no gloom,
bids me a little longer wait,
till thou shalt come to take me home.
8. My Saviour! through thy love divine,
which all has pardoned, all bestowed,
I say, e'en now, "All things are mine," –
I posses all things in my God.
Charlotte Elliott, Selections from the Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 160-161.